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Project of the Day: When Your Ex-Girlfriend and Your Hometown Go Missing

Project of the Day: When Your Ex-Girlfriend and Your Hometown Go Missing

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

We Grew Up Here

Tweetable Logline:
A feature film about a musician in Chicago who goes searching for his ex-girlfriend and his hometown, both of which are missing.

Elevator Pitch:
“We Grew Up Here” follows Liam, a musician from a tiny Kansas town, who moves to Chicago to escape the decaying town and a failed relationship. He lingers on the memories of his past with his ex-girlfriend and musical partner Lauren.

When Liam’s last connection to Lauren disappears, he discovers that both Lauren and his hometown seem to have vanished. He packs his bags and heads back to Kansas to find them.

Liam and Lauren are played by Eric Michaels and Kate Schell of the phenomenal band, Paper Thick Walls. Their music will be heavily featured throughout the movie.

Production Team:
Writer/Director: Kevin Pickman
Writer/Producer: Andrew Neel
Writer/Producer: Stefeni Tormanen
Cinematographer: Cody White

About the Production:
“Our goal was to take a science fiction idea and pare it down to its essential, barebones elements, allowing us to focus on the character and his journey. There is something to be said about two people who want to be together but who undoubtedly know it will never work. ‘We Grew Up Here’ is about coming to grips with the fragility of comforting memories and facing the past with honest eyes. It’s for anyone who has felt lost, like they were searching for something imaginary in the real world.” – Kevin Pickman

Current Status:

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Ron Rains

Sounds like you have great co-stars.


Looks like a great story line!

Debi Pickman

This movie needs to be made. Great talent!

Charles Weaver

Deserves top honors

Jonathan R.

Great job Andrew! I am really happy to see your dream becoming a reality. Best wishes, Jonathan

Lauren Patterson

Love the story line! Hope it works out for you guys and ill be looking for it when its finished :)

Shanna Reimer

Seems like an interesting movie, you should make it.

Marie Thomas

Yes, yes, would love to see this film.

Tiffany Bratz

SouNds really good!


This is going to be an AMAZING film! I am so EXCITED about seeing this dream become a reality! AWESOME!


Would love to see this flick.


This sounds like an interesting flick — I'd see it!

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